Free beacon: It is easy to forget that, in 1947, when the United Nations recommended the creation of a Jewish state in Mandatory Palestine, the international body also recommended the creation of an Arab state—what would today be a national home for the Palestinians.
The idea was to partition the land into two separate entities—in other words, a two-state solution. Indeed, in 1988, the Palestine National Council described the partition resolution as what “still provides those conditions of international legitimacy that ensure the right of the Palestinian Arab people to sovereignty.” Yet at the time of the resolution, the Arabs—no one used the term “Palestinians” then—boycotted the U.N. Special Committee on Palestine, which the General Assembly empowered to make recommendations about the future government of the territory, rejecting both the partition and a single, binational state.
Then the Arabs completely, and unambiguously, rejected the General Assembly’s partition plan, believing that, once the British left Mandatory Palestine, they would defeat the Jews and control the entire area. Of course the Arabs failed, despite the help of several armies. The Jewish state of Israel, established in 1948, endured, and the Palestinian Arabs, who could have had their own state, remained stateless.
Since then, the Palestinians have repeatedly turned down offers of statehood. more …
Opinion: Esau can never be at peace with Jacob. The enmity will carry to the end of this age because it is written that Esau will be destroyed. I didn’t say that, God did.
While there is much prophecy in Genesis, Exodus, Deuteronomy, Numbers, Joshua, Ezekiel and Daniel as well as extra-biblical writings about the twins, the smallest book in the Bible, Obadiah (1 chapter), picks up the blood feud at the time of the destruction of Solomon’s temple (the Babylonian captivity), to the Day of the Lord (Tribulation).
The Judgment on Edom. Esau is Edom (Genesis 36:1).
Obadiah 1:1-4 Edom is under God’s judgment because of his pride. Obadiah points out that Esau’s home was high in the cliffs (Mt. Seir, Petra). Edom will be brought down.
Obadiah 1:5-9 Esau must be searched out. His deceptiveness is dangerous and once in power only war and death can remove him.
- Esau is after control of Jerusalem
- Esau will be betrayed by his own leaders
Obadiah 1:10-11 Indictment:
- Violence against Jacob will bring shame
- Esau helped the enemy capture Jacob
- Esau will be cut off forever
Obadiah 1:12-16 You should not have …
- gazed (gloated) on your brother in his time of trouble
- rejoiced over Jacob’s destruction
- spoken proudly
- entered the gates of God’s people
- laid hands on their possessions
- delivered them into the hands of the enemy
Obadiah 1:17-18 Outcome
- Jacob will be delivered
- Esau will be destroyed
“And no survivor shall remain of the house of Esau,
For the Lord has spoken”.